"Design It Yourself"
Company:Trapped in Suburbia
Designer(s): Cuby Gerards & Karin Langeveld, Netherlands
Category: Print, Professional
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Design It Yourself is an interactive design exhibition where everyone can design a magazine cover, a stop motion animation and T-shirt design. In the exhibition, both children and adults are challenged to set to work as designers. There are several parts of the exhibition there you can let you imagination run free.
We have the 'Stop we have motion' a race against time to make a stop motion animation with all the moveable design elements in the exhibition room. There is a camera hanging from the ceiling which makes a picture every 10 seconds and this results in a stop motion animation.
We also have 'On the cover' where you can design your own magazine cover with the moveable design elements. The cover is marked on the floor and it's so big that you actually can lie on the ground and be part of the cover. Here there is also camera hanging from the ceiling which makes a picture of your design.
There is 'Back to the drawing board' here you can draw on a (bigger than) life size paper t-shirt. Here is also camera hanging from the ceiling which makes a picture of your t-shirt and the result is placed in a magazine template.
There also is a pictogram-drawing-contest-machine the 'Design-o-mat', the machine works like a slot machine and will give you a random crazy assignment. For instance; design a pictogram for 'a swimming pool - for hamsters - in the desert' or ' a parking lot - for annoying people - with humor'.
When you've finished your design you get a receipt and with this you can check your design online and forward it to your friends. All the results are published on the Design It Yourself website, there are new designs being made every minute.
About the Designer/Company
Trapped in Suburbia was born in the beginning of 2004 in ‘Mariahoeve’, a suburb of the Hague, Holland. It all started with Cuby Gerards and Karin Langeveld working from their home, a tiny apartment on the third floor. And because we like to use humour in our work we thought it was a good idea to put a little humour in the name as well. Hence the name ‘Trapped in Suburbia’.
Cuby studied photography, graphic & typographic design and advertising. He started his career in advertising and returned to designing when we started Trapped in Suburbia, thus combining the best of both worlds.
Karin studied graphic & typographic design and got her masters degree in Design at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. After working as an independent designer for several years she joined forces with Cuby and the result is Trapped in Suburbia. Since 2006 Karin teaches typography to third grade students of the art school in Utrecht.
Next to the design agency we also run the art gallery ‘Ship of Fools’ with which we focus on contemporary graphic arts. We also organise creative events like ‘Don’t Believe The Type’ and ‘Analog Fest’. We like to inspire not only ourselves but also other designers and give them an opportunity to present themselves and interact with each other.